Anniversaries, Work Life, “…and a brand new car!” #100HappyDays

Days 40-41: New cars make me happy! It’s my great pleasure to introduce…Stella. She’s a 2017 Subaru Crosstrek and she’s ALL MINE. She’s stylish and, most importantly, good for these Wisconsin winters. Last winter I got stuck in a (pretty shallow) ditch and had to be towed out–I’m hoping Stella will get me out of those sticky situations if they arise in the future. 

Day 42: Anniversaries make me happy. One year ago, my boyfriend and I went on our first date. We’ve been together ever since, and I am so grateful for him. He lets me be me, which is something I’ve never had in a relationship. We make a great team and I’m looking forward to spending many more years with him!

Day 43: Doing new workouts makes me happy. Each month, my trainer comes up with a new set of exercises for our sessions. I really like learning new stuff, so this is always a fun time for me.  I’m sure my trainer gets tired of my constant questions about what muscles will be worked and if my technique is good though. 

Day 44: Coworkers who are also friends make me happy. Imagine my surprise when I go to leave for work and my garage door wouldn’t open! I couldn’t get it open manually and had to be at work at 8am, so I called my officemate. She came to pick me up and I truly appreciated it! She is an awesome person to work with and also a good friend, which is a tough combination to find sometimes. 

Day 45: Teaching camp makes me happy. I’ve been teaching classes to internal staff this week–we call them “camps”–and I have really enjoyed this group of campers. They ask great questions and even laugh at my corny jokes. ūüôā

Colored Pictures, Classes, and The Wheel #100HappyDays

Day 37: ¬†Wheel of Fortune makes me happy. ¬†Yes, I’m serious. ¬†My boyfriend and I try to have dinner together at least once during the week, and every single time we do we end up watching The Wheel. ¬†If anyone knows how to get on the show, let me know–based on the number of correct answers I shout at the TV, I’m pretty sure I’d do well on the actual show. ¬†ūüôā

Day 38: ¬†Pictures from kids make me happy. ¬†On occasion I’ll babysit my officemate’s kids, and the oldest colored these awesome pictures for me! ¬†The last time I babysat them was in February, so I brought some Valentine’s Day and Black History Month pictures for us to color together. ¬†Apparently they are still fun to color even in May (and she even told her mommy the story of Rosa Parks as she was coloring it)!

Pictures from Kids

Look at these cute pictures! She did a great job staying in the lines.

Day 39: ¬†Finishing a class makes me happy. ¬†Today was the last day of a three-day course I was teaching. ¬†Wrapping up a class is always bittersweet; I love getting to know new trainees and so it is kind of sad to see them head home. ¬†However, I know they are ready to see their families and sleep in their own beds, so I’m happy they get to go back to everyday life. ¬†Luckily, all of them will be coming back for another class in early June so we’ll get to have a “class reunion.”

Solving Problems and Celebrating People #100HappyDays

Day 32: ¬†Solving people’s problems makes me happy. ¬†This was my last day of customer class this week, and I love seeing how our software will solve the problems people have at their organizations. ¬†I spoke with a woman who was very excited about the provider suspension workflow she saw in class–apparently it would make her job much easier–and her excitement made me excited. ¬†I know I didn’t develop the software, but being able to share it with customers and see their delight makes me happy.

Day 33: ¬†Finalizing decisions makes me happy. ¬†This day was a rough one. ¬†I had a headache that just wouldn’t go away, a rough morning class, and a million things on my mind. ¬†However, something did make me happy–I signed papers to purchase a new car! ¬†I love my current car–I’ve had her since I graduated college–but she is not the best car for Wisconsin winters. ¬† I’d been stressed about my car situation all winter, so finally making a decision on which car to get and getting everything signed was my happy point of the day.

Day 34: ¬†#HomeownerProblems make me happy. ¬†I know it’s odd to be happy because of a problem, but that’s the case for this day. ¬†ūüôā ¬†This summer I finally decided to do my lawn maintenance myself, only to find that my lawn mower wouldn’t start. ¬†I was initially very frustrated by this–once I made up my mind to mow the lawn myself I just wanted to get it done–but the situation taught me a lot. ¬†I learned how to change a spark plug and that a clogged carburetor can cause small engines to refuse to start (#TheMoreYouKnow). ¬†I got an exercise in patience and realized that I have a great support network. ¬†And now I’m extra motivated to mow the lawn myself sometime soon.

Day 35: ¬†Boyfriends and moms make me happy. ¬†This day was twice as special as most days–it was my boyfriend’s 31st birthday *and* Mother’s Day! ¬†My mom is the most spectacular human being–she is my role model in life and I love her more than anything. ¬†My boyfriend is such a great man; he’s kind and patient and funny and actually lets me be myself. ¬†Honoring both of them on the same day was so powerful and I’m so blessed to have both of them in my life.

Day 36: ¬†Travel agents make me happy. ¬†I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to plan my sabbatical, but thanks to the advice of my officemate I now have a travel agent to help me! ¬†Originally I thought that a travel agent would be too expensive, but her rate is very affordable and she’s got decades of experience too. ¬†Planning this trip has been stressing me OUT and the thought of someone doing the heavy lifting for me makes me so very happy!

Clean Sheets for Sweet Dreams #100HappyDays

Day 31: Fresh clean sheets make me happy. 

Making the bed is one of my least favorite chores–always has been. But there is nothing quite like climbing into a bed with freshly laundered sheets on it. Hopefully I will sleep easier and have sweeter dreams. 

Bonus: I made breakfast for dinner tonight and it turned out really well! It was a late dinner that I honestly didn’t feel like cooking (I had just gotten in from the gym) but it tasted great. Scrambled eggs with salsa, kale, and vegetarian sausage links–all I was missing were some hot biscuits! 

Making Bands and Moving Forward #100HappyDays

Day 26:  The fact that this is Day 26 makes me happy.  Y’all remember Making the Band, right?!?  Well if not, here’s a fun reminder for you:

Day 27:  Getting rid of stuff from my past makes me happy.  I finally sold the engagement ring my ex-fiance gave me!  In case you’re unaware, my engagement was not a great one as my ex-fiance was abusive.  I initially held on to the engagement ring as part of legal proceedings with my ex, but those proceedings have been finalized now so I decided to get rid of the ring.  And it feels so good to have one less thing that reminds me of that terrible relationship.

Day 28:  Dinner with my boyfriend makes me happy.  My boyfriend is the best, y’all.  I feel like he really gets me, like we’re on the same brainwaves.  He’s also vegan, so I’ve been expanding my culinary horizons since we’ve been dating.  We made these delicious vegan burgers, and they tasted even better because I was enjoying his company as well.  ūüôā

Day 29:  A good cardio session makes me happy.  I did an hour of cardio instead of my usual 30 minutes (before my personal training session) and I felt GOOD.  I really worked up a sweat–I practically had to drag myself back to my car I was so tired–but it was totally worth it to ensure I stay fit and healthy.

Day 30:  Writing this blog makes me happy.  Since I started doing #100HappyDays, I’ve updated my blog more frequently than ever.  This makes me extremely happy!  I love getting new followers and finding new awesome blogs to follow as a result.  I love having a forum to say what I’m thinking and share it publicly.  I also love that I can write private posts that no one will ever see just to get things off my chest.

Bonus:  Lots of links make me happy!  I love linking to other websites from my blog.  And this post has three links and an imbedded video, so I am a very happy camper.  ūüôā

Life and Blackness #100HappyDays

Day 24: Being alive makes me happy.

Yesterday was a tough day for me. ¬†I was feeling very overwhelmed by some legal issues I’m going through with my ex-fiance. ¬†But even with all the stress and struggle, I was happy to have woken up and drawn breath. ¬†As the great philosopher Pitbull once surmised, “Every day above ground is a great¬†day.

Day 25:  Black medical professionals make me happy.  

This week is the second week of my company’s customer conference, and I’ve been helping out by participating in a simulation lab. ¬†Last week I was a “radio show host”, and this week I am a “sick patient” and medical professionals come in and conduct an “office visit” with me (so we can analyze how people use our software). ¬†Today, I had a Black nurse practitioner participate and I was so happy to see her! ¬†She was so kind and really worked to take care of me and make me feel better, even though it was just a simulation. ¬†I have never in my entire life had a Black doctor–much less a Black woman doctor. ¬†I would love to receive care from a medical professional who understands¬†my unique issues as a Black woman. ¬†We need more Black medical professionals!

Vacation Days and Handwritten Notes #100HappyDays

Days 19-22: ¬†Vacation days¬†make me happy. ¬†And before you ask–no, I didn’t go anywhere (unless you count the grocery store). ¬†I originally took the days off to attend DragCon 2017 in Los Angeles, but that airline ticket just wasn’t in the budget this year unfortunately. ¬†Since I’d already gotten the vacation days approved, I figured I’d use the time to reminisce about my wonderful DragCon 2016 experience and get some adulting done.

And boy, did this gal adult¬†something FIERCE! ¬†I completed a ton of¬†personal care appointments I’d been putting off for wayyyyy too long, got all my grocery shopping done, and (with the help of my wonderful boyfriend) took care of some #homeownerproblems. ¬†This was definitely a stay-cation, but having Friday and Monday off work made me very happy indeed.

Day 23: ¬†Handwritten notes make me happy. ¬†My boyfriend’s mom mailed me the sweetest thank you card in appreciation for the dinner I hosted over Easter weekend, and today I come into my office to find this adorable note from my office mate’s family!

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